Why Donny van de Beek should keep his starting place
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Donny van de Beek of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Manchester United and İstanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford on November 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Having started just five games since joining Manchester United, Donny van de Beek will be hoping to keep his place in the starting lineup following an impressive showing against Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Dutch midfielder is yet to start in the Premier League for United, however, his midweek performance will only have helped his chances of receiving the nod against Southampton on Sunday.

Alongside Fred against Istanbul, Van de Beek provided a new look to the midfield that has been constantly rotated this season with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay also being game time so far.

The Netherlands international did not just look good on Wednesday, the statistics also show just how influential he was. 

Van de Beek key in Champions League

With 100% of dribbles completed, 88% pass accuracy and two big chances created in the game, Van de Beek's performance alongside others was key to United securing their third win from four games in the Champions League.

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Van de Beek has looked positive each time he has played this season and is now really beginning to show why the club forked out around £40 million.

Wrong to drop in-form van de Beek

Pogba is reportedly fit to face the Saints this weekend, however, that should not spell the end of Van de Beek's chances of starting. With Pogba struggling for consistent form this season and Matic's best years behind him, it would surely be a step in the wrong direction to drop an in-form player.

A return to the bench would do nothing but disrupt the form of Van de Beek who would undoubtedly feel that he has proven himself worthy of a starting place.

As the sayings go, you should not change a winning team, if something's not broken there is no need to try and fix it and for that reason Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should stick with the midfield pairing of Fred and Van de Beek.

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